Controllable Animation for Information Visualisation

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  • Publication Type: Bachelor Thesis
  • Workgroup(s)/Project(s):
  • Date: October 2020
  • Date (to): 23. October 2020
  • Matrikelnummer: 01612401
  • First Supervisor: Hsiang-Yun Wu

Abstract

Understanding and identifying the alternations between different visualisations are cognitively demanding tasks. Distinct visualisations can lead to a different interpretation of data, thus it is important to understand how visualisations correlate with each other and how the insight to the data gained might vary. An approach to achieve the correlation understanding is to introduce animated transitions between different visualisations that allows to precisely follow changes, pursuing the research in the field of animated transitions. In particular, the focus of this research is on animated transitions between commonly used visualisations like bar, doughnut, pie and radial column charts with the addition of implementing them controllable. A controllable animation allows the user to control the animation with a seek-bar like in a video player. This work proposes and implements two new animated transitions, one animation between bar and pie charts and another one for hierarchical bar charts, both utilising other charts as intermediate steps. Expectations are to further improve the effectiveness and graphical perception of animated transitions. Though, a quantitative user study yielded no significant improvements apart from a little effectiveness gain among elder persons.

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@bachelorsthesis{pointner_simon-2020,
  title =      "Controllable Animation for Information Visualisation",
  author =     "Simon Pointner",
  year =       "2020",
  abstract =   "Understanding and identifying the alternations between
               different visualisations are cognitively demanding tasks.
               Distinct visualisations can lead to a different
               interpretation of data, thus it is important to understand
               how visualisations correlate with each other and how the
               insight to the data gained might vary. An approach to
               achieve the correlation understanding is to introduce
               animated transitions between different visualisations that
               allows to precisely follow changes, pursuing the research in
               the field of animated transitions. In particular, the focus
               of this research is on animated transitions between commonly
               used visualisations like bar, doughnut, pie and radial
               column charts with the addition of implementing them
               controllable. A controllable animation allows the user to
               control the animation with a seek-bar like in a video
               player. This work proposes and implements two new animated
               transitions, one animation between bar and pie charts and
               another one for hierarchical bar charts, both utilising
               other charts as intermediate steps. Expectations are to
               further improve the effectiveness and graphical perception
               of animated transitions. Though, a quantitative user study
               yielded no significant improvements apart from a little
               effectiveness gain among elder persons.",
  month =      oct,
  address =    "Favoritenstrasse 9-11/E193-02, A-1040 Vienna, Austria",
  school =     "Research Unit of Computer Graphics, Institute of Visual
               Computing and Human-Centered Technology, Faculty of
               Informatics, TU Wien ",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2020/pointner_simon-2020/",
}